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    Thomas Jefferson Four-Languages Ship's Passport Signed. One oversized partially-printed page, 19.75" x 15.75" (sight), Salem [Massachusetts]; August 4, 1802. This passport, printed in French, Spanish, English, and Dutch authorizes passage of "William Richardson master or commander of the Ship called Eliza of Salem of the burthen of 185 tons or thereabouts, lying at the present in the port of Beverly bound for Cadiz and laden with Flour, Cotton, Cloves, Pepper, Dry Goods..." Signed, "Th: Jefferson."

    Countersigned by James Madison as Secretary of State and Joseph Miller as Collector for the Port of Salem. Paper seal of the United States affixed at the left with embossed seal affixed at bottom left. The document is matted, framed and double-glazed with archival materials. It includes two images of Jefferson and Madison and measures overall 36.75" x 26.5". Not examined outside of the frame.

    Condition: Document has been professionally reinforced, especially to top half where there are three areas of loss measuring 6.5", 5", and 4", respectively. Appears to have other professional restoration to some closed tears. Light to moderate toning throughout.


    More Information: Captain William Richardson (1769-1807) was born in Salem, Massachusetts. His father was Captain Addision Richardson, a Revolutionary War officer. William married Elizabeth Townsend March 17, 1788 and together they had eleven children. Elizabeth (1788), Mary (1789), Mary (1791), Hannah (1793), William (1794), Isaac (1796), Lydia (1798), Stephen (1800), Olivia (1802), Addision (1804), and Penn (1808). He was a member of the East India Marine Society and the Old Marine Society. An obituary for William was printed in the Salem Gazette December 11, 1807 and read, "one of those rare characters, whom the breath of slander and the shafts of malice could never reach. He lived greatly respected, and died much lamented." He passed away from an illness shortly after completing a voyage and is buried at the Broad Street Cemetery in Salem.

    Reference: The Richardson Family Papers are available at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.


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